COVID-19 has affected everyone–some more than others. St. Vincent de Paul’s Centro Rendu program has actively worked with families who were negatively impacted by COVID-19. The program provides wrap around social services to families that seek help.
Day of the Child came to light with the hope of bringing a spark of joy to a child’s life. With children, being stuck in their rooms and abiding to COVID-19 restrictions, we recognized that this has not been an easy experience for children.
We continued developing this idea and started receiving support and attention by donors and local businesses. We soon realized that this event had a bigger meaning; it was to acknowledge the many hardships children also face during COVID.
Day of the Child was the largest event ever hosted by SVdP Centro Rendu — aiming to give out 1,000 toys to 1,000 children. In order for this large-scale event to become a reality, we needed the full support of the City of Renton-and we received it.
When we pitched the proposal of the event, the Mayor was in full support and after a few more discussions a proclamation was created.
“El dia del Niño” or “Day of the Child” originated in Mexico in 1925 and is celebrated each year on April 30th. This holiday is now observed in many Latin American countries and around the world. The city of Renton AmeriCorps VISTA has worked with Centro Rendu of St. Vincent de Paul and several local businesses to recognize this special day.